Conference in Grimsby to try to reduce smoking

A conference aimed at reducing the number of smokers in North East Lincolnshire has been held in Grimsby.

The council and North East Lincolnshire NHS Trust are targeting the higher than average level of smoking in the area.

A survey by the Office of National Statistics in 2010 put the number of adult smokers in North East Lincolnshire as 29.8% - the UK average is 21%.

The campaign will target young smokers.

Trevor Parkin, from Care Trust Plus and North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "Smoking in pregnancy rates have come down over the last 18 months from 30% to 23%. We know that smoking in young children is coming down quite a bit now.

"We've also had a lot of success with stopping underage sales and seizing illicit tobacco. There are a lot of successes but we need to do more.

"So that is really one of the things to get people together and see what additional help they can give us."

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